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Angell Delight

Life President
Oct 27, 2003
It goes without saying that the Simpson deal is completely dead, there's virtually no point in even trying to sign him in January as he'll be eligible to sign a free transfer pre-contract agreement with someone else and will therefore have a ton of attractive options for 2017/18.

What I find puzzling is Orient's stance in this whole affair. It'll be interesting to keep an eye on the O's teamsheets over the coming fixtures. Their manager Hessenthaler is somewhat of a puppet and has been told by their madcap Italian owner to "banish" certain members of the playing squad, hence they were "unavailable for selection." Alan Dunne, Scott Kashket and Sean Clohessy have all been barred from playing recently. Now firstly Orient are entitled to turn down whatever offers they want, it's their prerogative. In my opinion £300k for a L2 striker who has had one admittedly superb half-season in the league below ours and who is in the last year of his contract is overpriced. That's my take on things. We offered just over £100k - there's some middle ground there & I'll be disappointed if Ron didn't at least try to re-negotiate a deal to satisfy both parties. It's no secret that the O's attempted to sell Simpson and also get rid of another top earner in Dean Cox on Deadline Day. Cox eventually turned down a move to Northampton as he apparently wanted Orient to cover some of his wages from the salary drop in order to make the move. There is now talk of Simpson and Cox being "banished" to the stands by the owner like Dunne, Kashket and Clohessy (the latter two of which have now had their contracts terminated). IF these rumours are true and they are classed as "unavailable for selection" between now and January then I can't understand Orient's stance in either deal, particularly Simpson's. If they knew they weren't going to play them if they weren't sold then they will have not only cost themselves a 6-figure transfer fee but will also be stuck with paying circa let's say £10k per week for the next 4-5 months at least which equates to approximately another £200k outlay (I'm not one of the ridiculous posters on here who claim to know what players earn so these figures are guesswork however I would think they'd be pretty near the mark - I don't for one second believe that Simpson is on £8-9k per week at Orient but I do know he and Cox are two of the top earners, perhaps Jonny Stokes would have a better idea but £10k per week between the two must be fairly close). IF Simpson and Cox are now reinstated to the first team then I can understand why the club held on to them but if these rumours are true then I'd be so frustrated as an O's fan as surely you're cutting your nose off to spite your face as this is the worst possible outcome - no money in, plenty of money out and your 2 best players "unavailable for selection."

Say what you like about Ron but better the devil you know......